Midi skirt, best fashion statement ever

LONDON - Memory Mbewe, whose blog Fashion diary of a chic wife has become popular among Zimbabwean women, recently used this column to explain why women must not “downgrade’’ fashion-wise once they get married.

In this instalment, Mbewe gives us an insight into how to make fashion choices by unpacking fashion trends.

Below are her views:

Trends I love

Full Midi Skirt trend:

This is my all-time favourite trend. I am so grateful to whoever invented it.

Now I know this is one trend that does not resonate well with my fellow Zimbabwean sisters,   to them it’s a mugubvururu as it sits halfway through your knees and ankles.

Way back we were told fashionable stuff only went to the knees or to the floor, no ?in-betweens. Midi skirts go against that rule and sit right in between.

I must confess, the first time I saw my friend in a midi skirt I laughed. It was the “ugliest” skirt as far as I was concerned. I even told her the length was so wrong.

But after watching a lot of bloggers going crazy with full midi skirts, I ventured into the unknown and the rest is history.

In fact it was actually full midi skirts that put me on the blogging map.

My very first feature was centred on how well I was rocking a full midi skirt.

Change comes only when you move and try new things. I encourage my fellow sisters who love fashion to be a bit more open-minded, and try out new things. It takes a bit of a mind-set shift, you never know!

Peplum hem:

This trend isn’t anything new. It is all about adding a little peplum to the bottom of our skirts and dresses which transform the old drop waist into an incredibly dramatic look.

If you are tired of plain skirts/dresses and want a fresh way to show off your legs, then peplum hem is your best bet.

Denim dungarees /Overalls:

Yes they are back! Taa-daahh! Denim overalls are basically a trendy laid-back style of boy-meets-girl.

I have always wanted a dungaree from when I was a teen and of course my mum would not have any of that!

Dungarees are just so easy, relaxed and a fun way of staying fashionable. One can wear them  with heels or keep it casual with a pair of sandals. You can also pair it off with a white tee and you are good to go!

Ladylike Lace:

Lace is the material of the moment. It is the epitome of femininity.

The lace trend bears a new level of sophistication for 2014, increasing its timeless beauty just when you’d think it can’t possibly get any better.

It is very sensual, elegant and adds so much sassiness to any outfit. 

To date, one of my famous pictures on social media is that of a lace skirt paired with a lace peplum top, it speaks volume without making a fuss.

Every lady-like woman needs lace in their life. Don’t say I didn’t tell you.

Trends I hate

Culotte trend:

Remember that time when culottes were a major hit? We called them Kabangas back then because we found it difficult to establish if it was a skirt or a trouser. Well, they’re back and making a strong fashion statement this year.

These skirt-resembling pants were a hit in the nineties and they have been resurrected and are back with a bang.

Whichever way you look at it Culottes are not for the faint-hearted and that’s one trend I’ll pass.

Chunky Flatform Sandals:

Don’t confuse these with wedges. Flatfoams are proper sandals with a chunky rubber like platform. I just hate them! They are just too bulky and make you look ridiculous and are incredibly unflattering.

Kimonos:

I’m not a fan of kimonos. I love structured clothes and Kimonos are just the opposite.

The idea of having to add another loose piece of clothing over my clothes just doesn’t fit in with my “chic” mantra so I stay away from kimonos.

*Pamela is a Zimbabwean fashion journalist and fashion accessory designer based in the UK.

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